Most people picking up flowers in their local supermarket don’t consider the risks or rewards of sustaining a local floral agricultural environment. In truth, most bouquets acquired outside of a local florist come laden with herbicides and pesticides used to maintain a flower’s beauty while traveling from a foreign country. Often the transport of these blooms is another important factor to consider because of the large carbon footprint used to ship and supply those bouquets for a date night or an anniversary. Each plane maintains a massive allotment of fossil fuels which not only puts stress on our natural environment, they destroy the pure air quality used to maintain our local flora and fauna.
By understanding local and community led organic floral culture, we can feed into an integral biodiversity that’s necessary for our thriving ecosystem. Bouquets that are grown, harvested, and delivered from a local community are fresher, healthier, and less likely to be coated in chemicals that shouldn’t be inhaled every time we pass the kitchen table to admire a gift from our loved ones.
In this day and age, integrity is a value worth bringing back into our culture as well as our communities. The knowledge and sense of safety that comes from embracing sustainability doesn’t come with a steeper price tag than buying overseas and revitalizes our local economy. A simple gift becomes so much more meaningful when you build an awareness of where your flowers came from and who’s been tending them. Not to mention they’re free of cooling agents used to house and keep the flowers alive as they travel from state to state in freezer trucks. By sending roughly 100 million roses typical of a normal Valentine's Day order for an outsourced floral company, their trucks produce up to 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide or CO2 emissions through normal travel from harvesting to the supermarket floral shelves.
Not only is that number staggering, but it’s an easy number to lower with so many local options popping up across the country. Nature lovers can rejoice by having an intimate knowledge in every flower purchase. Not only do locally grown flowers look less manufactured than their chemically engineered counterparts, and those factory flowers often lack any scent. Which defeats the entire purpose of a pretty posy of flowers. Local, sustainably grown blooms are authentic and use eco-friendly methods that provide opportunities for our community lands to thrive as well as rebuild.
By supporting local flower growers you’re buying into the purity of environment. Other perks include increasing healthy O2 production, and maintaining the health of our honey bees which helps our fruit agriculture. Each step forward toward an organic future plants the healthy, plentiful seeds that will support our children’s future.